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E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early-warning Aircraft

E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early-warning AircraftThe primary role of the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft supplied by Northrop Grumman is as an all-weather airborne early-warning aircraft to the naval task force.

From an operating altitude above 25,000ft, the Hawkeye warns the naval task force of approaching air threats and provides threat identification and positional data to fighter aircraft such as F-14 Tomcats. Secondary roles include strike command and control, surveillance, guidance of search and rescue missions and as a relay to extend the range of communications.

The U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye is the "eyes and ears" for US Carrier Battle Groups. They are equipped with a long range surveillance radar, and have significant communication capability. The E-2C Hawkeye is normally based aboard aircraft carriers, acting as the airborne "quarterback," or battle manager for the fleet. There currently is one squadron of four Hawkeyes in each carrier air wing (CVW). The E-2C Hawkeye is an all-weather, tactical airborne warning and control system platform.

It provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier battle group. With it's distinctive 24 foot diameter rotating radome and more than 12,000 pounds of electronics, the E-2C can monitor 6 million cubic miles of airspace and more than 150,000 square miles of ocean surface for the presence of aircraft, missiles, ships, and fixed targets. The Hawkeye's long-range radar and other electronic surveillance systems can simultaneously detect and track hundreds of ships and aircraft more than 200 miles away.

With its specialized computer and communication equipment, the E-2C can also be used for missions such as air traffic control, surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay. Designed and built by Northrop-Grumman Corporation, the has been on active duty with the US Navy since 1973.

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Arcturus T-20 Medium Range Tactical UAV

Arcturus T-20 Medium Range Tactical UAVT-20 is a medium range tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system designed and manufactured in the US by Arcturus-UAV for the United States Armed Forces. The system comprises two aerial vehicles, a ground control station (GCS), a portable launcher and a support trailer for payload and personnel.

The vehicle captures real time intelligence data and transmits to the GCS through a line of sight C-band satellite communication datalink. Flying up to a maximum altitude of 15,000ft, the T-20 can provide its operators with real time intelligence data by carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance operations over a large area. The T-20 was produced in two variants which include the T-20R (research variant) and the T-20A (variant with wing pod attachments).

The T-20 is a high wing monoplane design made up of carbon fibre composite materials. It is a runway independent UAV designed to operate on dirt, desert, unprepared, grass and gravel roads. It can execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions even in hostile environments.

The 2.8m long and 5.2m wide aerial vehicle was designed to launch from a runway or mobile platforms such as ships through a pneumatic catapult launcher system and can be recovered either by belly landing or by net capturing.

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TH-67 Creek US New Training Helicopter

TH-67 Creek US New Training HelicopterThe Army's TH-67 New Training Helicopter (NTH) is a Bell Model 206B JetRanger III congenital by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Its action is to alter absolute Hueys getting acclimated for training Antecedent Access Rotary Addition students. The TH-67 Creek is a avant-garde helicopter acclimated for antecedent access rotary addition training. It replaced the crumbling UH-1H, which had been the Army's acting trainer aback the 1988 retirement of the TH-55 Osage. In the appropriate allocation of pilot training, the OH-58 Kiowa is still the helicopter used. But for antecedent access rotary addition flight instruction, the TH-67 is the aircraft of best for a new bearing of Army aviators.

The New Training Helicopter was a cogent assay conducted in 1992 at Fort Rucker by the TRADOC Assay and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM) Aviation Assay Directorate. The purpose of the NTH assay was to appraise the training capability of 5 applicant bartering helicopters beneath application by the Army for approaching pilot training as compared to the UH-1 version. Distinguishing amid analytical and non-critical requirements and adequate non-critical requirements simplified an Army aircraft procurement. After its assay of comments accustomed from competitors, the Army bargain several requirements including: airspeed from 100 to 90 knots; hover accommodation from 4,000 anxiety body to 2,300 anxiety density; ammunition accommodation from 3-1/2 hours to 2-1/2 hours; and airframe crash-worthy banned from 26-feet-per-second to a absolute accessible to altercation based on architect data. The reductions accustomed added contractors to attempt with proven, absolute helicopters. In fact, one architect abhorred abolishment if the airspeed claim was bargain from 100 to 90 knots.

In March 1993, the US Army ordered the TH-67 Creek adaptation as its new training helicopter to accomplish the Bell UH-1. Based on the achievement of the U.S. Navy's TH-57, the U.S. Army is currently purchasing the Bell TH-67. Providing a awful reliable, student/instructor-friendly, bargain belvedere for primary flight training, it is before all address goals accustomed by the U.S. Army. The TH-67 boasts a aggregate of top training account and assurance with the a lot of all-encompassing appearance of any training helicopter in the world. Unique to the TH-67 is its avant-garde cockpit affectation arrangement installed for the aback bench student. Other appearance cover activity attenuating seats, abounding IMC/VMC chart and able drift shoes for touchdown autorotation training.

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V-22 Osprey Multimission Tilt-rotor Aircraft

V-22 Osprey Multimission Tilt-rotor AircraftThe V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters. Boeing is amenable for the fuselage, landing gear, avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, achievement and aerial qualities. Bell Helicopter Textron is amenable for the addition and nacelle, propulsion, rotor, appendage (complete appendage system), ramp, overwing allowance and the dynamics.

The aircraft operates as a helicopter if demography off and landing vertically. The nacelles circle 90° advanced already airborne, converting the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft.

The aircraft can accommodate VTOL (vertical abandonment and landing) with a burden of 24 troops, or 6,000lb of burden at 430nm action range, or VTOL with a burden of 8,300lb of burden for a ambit of 220nm.

The helicopter is self-deployable worldwide, with a bear ambit over 2,100nm. Normal operating ambit is up to 1,100nm.

The tilt-rotor aircraft is accessible in three configurations: the Action Advance and Advance Abutment MV-22 for the USMC and the US Army; the all-embracing appropriate operations CV-22 for US Appropriate Operations Command (US SOCOM); and the US Navy HV-22, for action seek and rescue, appropriate warfare and agile logistic support.

The V-22 is absolutely shipboard compatible, with the world's aboriginal complete brand bend and addition stowage system. It is able to accomplish off all US Navy L-class amphibian ships, the LHA/LHD advance carriers, and can be stowed on full-size CV/CVN carriers. For stowage, the wings are rotated to lie aloft and alongside to the assembly to actualize a bunched ellipsoidal volume.

The automated addition and rotor folding sequence, which can be completed in 90 abnormal in a 60kt wind, is as follows: the aircraft acreage in helicopter mode; the two outboard blades of anniversary rotor are bankrupt inboard; the nacelles are rotated advanced to cruise mode; and the wings are rotated by 90° clockwise.

The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE1107C turboshaft engines rated at 4,586kW best connected power.

The engines are adapted with full-authority agenda cyberbanking ascendancy (FADEC) supplied by Lucas Aerospace, advancement analog cyberbanking ascendancy system, and blaze aegis arrangement from Systron Donner.

A manual interconnect shaft provides single-engine operation. The thermal signature of the aircraft is minimised with an AiResearch bittersweet discharge abolishment unit, installed on the nacelles abreast the engine exhaust.

The absolute rotor, manual and engine nacelles angle through 90° in advanced circling and are directed assiduously for advanced flight, and through 7° 30' in aft circling for vertical take-off and landing

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A-37 Dragonfly Light Attack Aircraft

A-37 Dragonfly Light Attack AircraftThe A-37 Dragonfly was developed in 1963 by modifying the Cessna-built T-37 trainer. Although the A-37 resembled the T-37, in actuality there were few changeable locations with that trainer. Prefix belletrist may aswell be added to the designation, as with the OA-37 Dragonfly, area the letter O prefix agency that this advance aircraft has an added role of observation. The aircraft was absolute for FAC (Forward Air Control) and a amount of examples were adapted into OA-37Bs, which consisted mostly in the accession of radios.

Hardpoints were added to the wings, as were accession tip ammunition tanks. The cockpit got upgraded avionics as able-bodied as casting seats. In flight refueling capabilities were aswell added to the aircraft. In accession there were retractable FOD screens to anticipate bits from entering the engines and a 20mm gatling cannon was added. The modifications added the weight of the aircraft so beyond engines and stronger landing accessory were required. It sported two General Electric J85-GE-17A turbojet engines, which developed 2,850 pounds of thrust.

The wingspan of this even was 35 feet, 10 inches. Its breadth was 29 feet, 3 inches and the plane's acme was 8 feet, 10 inches. The aircraft weight 14,000 pounds absolutely loaded. Its best acceleration was 507 mph at 16,000 anxiety with a ambit of 460 miles. The beam for the Dragonfly was 41,765 feet. The ammunition of the A-37 consisted of a 7.62mm minigun army in the adenoids able of battlefront 6,000 circuit per minute. The aircraft had aswell been adapted by ascent eight hardpoints on the wing, which could backpack up to 4,800 pounds of ordnance. Different agreement consisted of two apparatus gun pods, two 2.75-inch rockets and four bombs; or in abode of the gun pods, two 250-pound bombs or four Sidewinder missiles. The aircraft had a aggregation of two.

Cessna congenital 577 A-37s over 10 years. Production concluded in 1977. Its affluence of aliment and affable aerial abilities accomplish it able-bodied liked. They saw all-encompassing account in Vietnam from the backward 1960s onward. Abounding were angry over to the South Vietnamese Air Force and afterwards that country was beat by North Vietnam, abounding were larboard and operated by the victors.

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RQ-11 Raven US Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

RQ-11 Raven US Army Unmanned Aerial VehicleThe RQ-11 Raven is a lightweight unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It is advised for accelerated deployment and top advancement for aggressive and bartering operations. The Raven meets army requirements for low-altitude reconnaissance, surveillance and ambition acquisition. It can be operated manually or programmed for free operation, utilising the system's avant-garde avionics and GPS navigation.

The US Army appropriate live-coverage capability, to accredit the troops to get real-time, abreast and over-the-horizon angle in agitation areas. The army bought four AeroVironment FQM-151 Pointer UAVs in 1999, for aggressive operations in burghal breadth (MOUT) and the ACTD (advanced abstraction technology demonstration) programme.

The Raven allows aggressive units to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and assay (ISR) over crisis zones after committing soldiers. It allows the assignment force to adviser an breadth with a beneath bulging attendance and reside video capabilities during day and night.

Launched in just minutes, by hand, into the air like a archetypal airplane, the Raven acreage itself by auto-piloting to a abreast hover. It does not crave anxiously able landing strips. Acute no busy abutment facilities, the Raven alluringly apparel forward-deployed units. Automated appearance and GPS technology accomplish it simple to operate, acute no specialised abilities or all-embracing flight training.

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UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter

UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter
UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter
The UH-72A Lakota is the new US Army's new light utility helicopter, named after a Native American tribe. It's in line With the US Army's tradition of giving its helicopters Indian names. The Lakota is a military version of the Eurocopter EC145. Helicopters are being manufactured by American Eurocopter. It will replace the older UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58C Kiowa helicopters.

The UH-72A Lakota helicopter is unarmed. It's employed mainly for logistics and support missions in non-combat environments. It will as well perform medical evacuations and personnel recovery. This helicopter has a payload capacity of 1 790 kg. It can too carry a maximum underslung load of 1 500 kg. The Lakota has a crew of two and can accommodate up to 8 troops. Alternatively it can carry two stretchers and medical attendants.

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